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2:30 PM ET, November 27, 2012


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Scott Wong / Politico:
Senators ‘troubled’ after Rice talk  —  Sen. John McCain and two other GOP senators said they were “significantly troubled” after a private meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about her erroneous explanation of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Power Line
Rebecca Berg / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senators Still “Troubled” After Meeting With Susan Rice  —  Ayotte says she will hold the nomination until all of her questions have been answered.  A harsher tone from the GOP after recent hedging.  —  Image by J. Scott Applewhite / AP  —  WASHINGTON — A trio …
Discussion: Guardian, National Review and Marbury
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
GOP senators criticize Susan Rice after meeting
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rice fails to convince Republican senators on Benghazi attack
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Brian Fung / The Atlantic Online:
Kim Jong Un, Sexiest Man Alive? Chinese Paper Falls for ‘The Onion’
Discussion: Betabeat and Washington Post
Associated Press:
China's Communist Party newspaper falls for Onion story about Kim Jong Un
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is Grover Finally Over?  —  I once took a long train ride with Grover Norquist.  This wasn't intentional.  We found ourselves next to each other on the line to board an Acela from Washington, D.C., to New York, and we fell into a conversation, by which I mean that he did a great deal of talking …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Grover Norquist to Peter King: Don't be a ‘weasel’  —  Anti-tax hike crusader Grover Norquist is slamming Rep. Peter King, saying he hopes “his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years” after the New York lawmaker said the no-taxes pledge is binding for only one session of Congress.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Tom Ricks: Fox News ‘is making it up’  —  Author Tom Ricks on Tuesday said Fox News is “making it up” that he apologized after slamming the network during an on-air interview as “operating as a wing of the Republican Party” and hyping Benghazi for political reasons.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The National Memo
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Exec VP: Guest Who Slammed Network Apologized - But Not Publicly  —  UPDATED: Author Tom Ricks accused the network of “hyped” Benghazi coverage; Fox News' Michael Clemente says Ricks apologized but “doesn't have the strength of character to do that publicly.”  Ricks disputes.
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The Next Mitt Romney  —  Jeb was neutral.  —  Say again, neutral.  —  As Ronald Reagan might say, there he went again.  —  What was Jeb Bush neutral about?  —  The choice between liberal Charlie Crist and conservative Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination for United States Senator from Florida.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP plans public push against tax hikes on businesses  —  President Obama won't be the only one hitting the campaign trail to push his deficit plan to avert the fiscal cliff.  —  House Republicans are planning their own campaign-style events to argue against Obama's insistence …
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Laura Ingraham: ‘Wobbly’ GOP Can ‘Look Forward To A 2014 Wipeout’ If They Raise Taxes Without Cuts
Discussion: The Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt  —  Hiding the government's liabilities from the public makes it seem that we can tax our way out of mounting deficits.  We can't.  —  A decade and a half ago, both of us served on President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Most-Racial America  —  Antiwhite bigotry goes mainstream.  —  “Everytime [sic] I think the Democratic race card players could not get more vile, more deranged, more patronizingly demeaning to blacks, someone manages to defy even my vivid imagination,” thunders blogger William Jacobson.
CNN Poll: Americans rate W.H. response to Benghazi attack and Petraeus resignation  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are giving the White House low marks for how it's handled the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus, according to a new national survey.
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Martha Coakley's got it made on road to Corner Office  —  She is the woman who couldn't beat Scott Brown, but now she's the Democrats' best hope to keep the governor's office in 2014.  —  Don't laugh, but that woman is Attorney General Martha Coakley.  —  Lt. Gov. Tim Murray?  Treasurer Steve Grossman?
Discussion: Election 2012
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Attorney General Suggests Obama Stole The Election … Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) told a radio host he completely agreed with her assertion that investigations are needed to determine why President Obama lost “every one” of the states with photo identification requirements for voting, yet won re-election.
Germany to ban sex with animals: report  —  THE German government is about to reintroduce a ban on bestiality, after pressure from animal welfare groups.  —  Newspaper die Tageszeitung reports that the governing coalition are soon to amend the country's Animal Welfare Act to make sex …
Discussion: Addicting Info and The Jawa Report
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Ginsburg Wants To See All-Female Supreme Court  —  BOULDER, Colo. (CBSDC) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hopes to see an all-female Supreme Court one day.  —  Ginsburg made the comment during a 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, according to CNS News.
Discussion: National Review
Rick Ungar / Forbes:
The U.S. Supreme Court Allows New Challenge To Obamacare To Go Forward
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
City Is Amassing Trove of Cellphone Logs  —  When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone's call records, from the day of the theft onward.  The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect.
Betsy Z. Russell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho lawmaker shares ‘last chance’ idea to elect Romney  —  A state senator from north-central Idaho is touting a scheme that's been circulating on tea party blogs, calling for states that supported Mitt Romney to refuse to participate in the Electoral College in a move backers believe would change the election result.
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Internet's Best Terrible Person Goes to Jail: Can a Reviled Master Troll Become a Geek Hero?  —  On a gray Wednesday morning in October, the car headed west on the Lincoln Highway Bridge hit 100 miles per hour and I started to worry it might hurtle off into the tangle of rusted …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Gazans Crossing Fence ‘into IDF Positions’  —  IDF soldiers describe dangerous anarchy on border fence as result of Pillar of Defense agreements.  —  IDF soldiers stationed along the border fence with Gaza say they have received new orders on opening fire, which allow Arabs in Gaza …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Obama's New Cabinet  —  Elisse B. Walter?  —  Is that really whom President Obama named on Monday to be the new chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission?  A woman who has been at the S.E.C. for the last four years?  And, to boot, someone practically joined at the hip with her predecessor, Mary Schapiro?
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
New federal building to be named for Tip O'Neill
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Anger as Hungary far-right leader demands lists of Jews
Discussion: Hit & Run and
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Santorum's new cause: opposing the disabled
Discussion: Addicting Info and Prairie Weather
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Enclaves, Long Gated, Seek to Let In Storm Aid
Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Grape growers can sue USDA as Supreme Court stays out of the fight
Ian Black / Guardian:
Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Dems Defend Filibuster Reform Effort: ‘McConnell Has Broken The Social Contract’
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Romney's final share of the vote? You guessed it: 47 percent.
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
France's conservative party splits into two
Discussion: Power Line and The Agonist
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
McGurn: How Obama's ‘Life of Julia’ Prevailed
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Marijuana's foot in the door